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I wrote a comment to a question asking the OP to edit his question with more details (link to my comment). Since the OP is a relatively new member with no editor badge, I phrased my comment as "Click [edit]", with the square brackets around the word "edit", and no parenthesized URI following it.

Much to my surprise, "edit" showed up as a hyperlink in the finished comment. But when I clicked that link out of curiosity, I was simply astonished: I did not expect that link to work, and it did! The system brought up the editor for the question.

Here is what I would like to know:

  • Is this a bug or a feature*?
  • If this is a feature, where can I learn more about comment-specific markdown?

* If it is a bug, that would be the coolest bug I've seen! Please do not fix it :)

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

It's a feature, just like [FAQ] auto-linking to faq entries.

They are all documented on the comment format page.

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That's nice to know! Is there a faq for other markdowns available in the comments? – dasblinkenlight Oct 12 '12 at 14:30
@dasblinkenlight: now linked. :-) Had to find it for you first... – Martijn Pieters Oct 12 '12 at 14:30
Thank you very much! These sites really have a lot more stuff than meets the eye, even after almost a year of a relatively active use. Thanks for the quick answer - I'll accept it as soon as the system lets me click the checkmark. – dasblinkenlight Oct 12 '12 at 14:34

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